Construction Cost

  • The Rockefeller University is constructing the $300 million Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building in New York.

  • Just Biotherapeutics is integrating PODs® made by G-CON Manufacturing into the construction of its biologics manufacturing building in China.

  • Market Outlook 2016 Q4

    Construction prices increased an average of 6 percent in 2016, as energy and commodity prices remained at levels not seen since the 1990s, due in large part to the strength of the U.S. dollar. Five consecutive years of above-average cost escalation has driven the construction cost trendline to 3.3 percent. Price increases are attributed to robust construction activity allowing contractors to increase their margins as demand grows. The construction sector is also reaching full employment levels, which is expected to drive wage increases in the near to mid-term.

  • Smart Value Engineering Strategies can Yield Opportunities for Savings and Design Efficiency on BSL-3 Projects

    Value engineering (VE) can save money on a BSL-3 project without compromising facility operations, lifecycle costs, regulatory compliance, or biocontainment requirements; if managed correctly, VE is an opportunity to improve a project, not just a cost-cutting tactic.

  • 3D Robotics (3DR) has created Site Scan, a drone-based aerial analytics platform that can be used as a Building Information Modeling (BIM) tool to digitize the construction site.

  • Market Outlook 2016 Q3

    Non-residential construction spending has dropped 6 percent since the beginning of 2016. This reduction was offset by a nearly equal increase in infrastructure spending and steady residential construction. Increases in construction prices for 2016 are now trending towards 6 percent annually, depending on location, while job growth saw a slight up-tick with an average of 192,000 jobs added per month in the third quarter of 2016 versus the 171,000 jobs per month averaged in the first half of the year.

  • DYNALABS completed a 15,500-sf expansion of its pharmaceutical testing facility in St. Louis in July of 2016.

  • Weighing the Cost/Benefit of Retrofit vs. Gut Renovation

    Retrofit or renovate? It’s a common question facing many owners of laboratory facilities built in the 1970s, and the answer isn’t always obvious. A simple retrofit of building systems can improve reliability and cut energy consumption significantly, but a gut renovation can be transformative by enhancing performance and providing associated benefits in recruitment and retention, quality of life, and scientific productivity––benefits that can more than offset the higher initial cost.

  • Market Outlook 2016 Q2

    After a soft May, second quarter data indicates that job gains were stronger in June 2016, while economic activity has been expanding at a moderate rate. Overall job growth in the first two quarters of 2016 declined from an average of 245,000 per month to 172,000 per month. The slowing trend could be part of a cycle witnessed in previous expansions. Commodity prices appear to have stabilized at a reduced level, which increases room for inflation in construction and other sectors.

  • The Pennsylvania State University is planning a $44.5 million renovation and expansion of the Agricultural Engineering Building in University Park.


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